The AFC Summer Guide to Grants & Residencies You Should Apply For Now

by Michael Anthony Farley on July 27, 2016 Opportunities + Resources

Yes, it is Summer, and none of us feel like moving. Thankfully, the heatwave makes a great excuse to stay inside and catch up on applications to grants, residencies, and fellowships for individual artists, curators, and critics. I rounded up some of the most promising with upcoming deadlines—organized by due date to keep your procrastination in check.

If you know of any other summertime grants (and don’t mind sharing your secret with potential competition) let us know in the comments!

  • Deadline: July 31st
    Curator’s Agenda: Vienna 2016
    This is a six-week program for emerging curators, run by Blockfrei. The program costs €900, but it looks totally worth it. From September 19 – October 31st, participants get immersed in Vienna’s art scene, attend workshops, a stipend for accommodations up to €500, and travel expenses up to €250, in addition to admission to tons of Vienna’s great museums and a production budget for a group exhibition.
  • Deadline: August 10th
    Faena Prize
    The Faena family built a real estate empire in Argentina and beyond, but thankfully for us, they have much better taste than the Trumps. Their foundation is handing out $75,000 (USD) to artists from around the world for “site sensitive” artwork at Faena Art Center Buenos Aires. $50,000 of that is set aside for production costs, but the remainder can be used as some combination of stipend and a dream trip to BA!
  • Deadline: August 14th
    ACROSS Residency Program
    This is a seven-day residency on the French Riviera for art critics and curators. Be still my heart! You have to be under 40 to apply, and they only refund your travel expenses up to €200. Still, it’s hard to beat a week (in either November or January) nerding out about art criticism on a Mediterranean beach.
  • Deadline: September 1st
    Brooklyn Arts Fund
    The Brooklyn Arts Council awards grants of up to $5,000 to artists or nonprofits based in the borough. New applicants are required to attend one of the summertime info sessions.
  • Deadline: September 2nd
    Sustainable Arts Foundation
    The Sustainable Arts Foundation helps out artists who have at least one child under the age of 18, with an emphasis on awarding half of their grants to artists of color. I can only imagine how hard budgeting time and expenses between studio practice and a family is, so this is a great program to help keep artists making work after they’ve made babies!
  • Deadline: September 11th
    Future Generation Art Prize
    the Victor Pinchuk Foundation is awarding one artist under the age of 35 with $60,000 in cash and a $40,000 production budget for new artworks. Five other finalists will receive $20,000 awards from an international jury, and exhibitions at both the PinchukArtCentre in Kiev, Ukraine and the 2017 Venice Biennale. This one is almost too good to be true!
  • Deadline: September 19th
    John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
    This grant is open to US and Canadian citizens who have already demonstrated outstanding work in their field. The funds are designed to help with research and artistic production, with a few stipulations. You can use the money for a trip, but not to publish an E-book, for example. The website is a bit confusing, but worth applying!
  • Deadline: September 20th
    CNAP Curatorial Research Grants
    Do you speak French? If so, apply for this one. Paris’s Centre National des Arts Plastiques is offering a three month research residency, where budding curators can plunge into the museum’s collection of 100,000 works spanning the 1700s to today. It also comes with a handy  €7,000 stipend.

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